Silicon Is the New ‘Secret Sauce’ that Makes Swiss Watches Tick

Silicon Balance Spring in Omega watch

Silicon isn't just for so-called smart watches; it's now the dominant material at the heart of many traditional mechanical Swiss watches. Increasingly, watchmakers are turning to its unique properties to construct key elements, such as the balance-wheel, hairspring, and escapement-wheel, which power the timekeeping function.

Unlike metal, silicon requires no lubrication, resists external influences (e.g, magnetism), is shock-proof, is unaffected by extreme weather, and rarely wear out. Silicon is also lighter, harder, and stronger than metal, especially when bonded with synthetic-diamond or carbon coating.

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